Kelly M. Cassidy

Data: Fewer marijuana charges in Urbana after policy change

New statistics from police in Urbana, Illinois, show misdemeanor charges for cannabis possession, delivery or manufacturing are down significantly in the city.

Urbana police Chief Sylvia Morgan was scheduled to review ordinance and arrest data for City Council members Monday, The News-Gazette reported. She also was to discuss how the department has enforced cannabis-related offenses.

The statistics show that misdemeanor charges for cannabis possession, delivery or manufacturing dropped from 77 in 2016 to 17 last year. They also show that felony possession of cannabis has become a rare offense for the city, with just one case each in 2016 and 2017 after seven in 2013....

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